1 Latest Update: July 12, 2018 Page |1. thai IMMIGRATION news . The information below is based on reports from Expats using the Chonburi (Pattaya) IMMIGRATION Office (Jomtien Soi 5) unless otherwise noted. Scroll down for information on Page 1. Age of bank letter for Long Stay extension Instructions for online 90 day address reporting Page 2. 24 hour address reporting if returning from outside Thailand Requirements for applying for a Non-Immigrant Visa (prelude to applying for retirement extension). Page 3. Recent activity required in bank account being used to meet Long Stay extension requirements Alert for Expat renting to another Expat Proof of Residence BANK LETTER SHOULD BE CURRENT. If you use funds on deposit in a thai bank for all or part of your financial requirements, a July 10, 2018 report is that some IMMIGRATION Officers are not accepting the Bank Letter if it is not dated on the date of application (previous reports were that it could not be more than 3 days old) Below is from Chonburi (Pattaya) IMMIGRATION sheet copy provided to us on 3/28/18: Our latest report from Chonburi is that they accepted a bank letter dated the day before they made their application.
2 To avoid problems, we recommend it be obtained on the day of application or the preceding day if doing the renewal early in the morning remember the ending balance shown in the passbook should be the same as shown in the bank letter. The same July 10 report is that the IMMIGRATION Officer also required a there be a transaction on the date of application saying they were sent to update their passbook to show the transaction but were not asked to provide a new bank letter. This may the preference of a single IMMIGRATION Officer and not required by others, but you should take it into consideration. INSTRUCTIONS FOR ONLINE 90 DAY ADDRESS REPORTING. One of our members who completed his 90-day reporting online has provided us with detailed instructions click here to see the instructions. You may receive a warning that it is an unsecured site; thus, there could be some risk if you want to use online reporting. Latest Update: July 12, 2018 Page |2.
3 CHONBURI (PATTAYA) IMMIGRATION ENFORCING ADDRESS REPORTING WITHIN 24. HOURS (UPDATED 7/12/18). We have now had many recent reports in March and April 2018 that IMMIGRATION on Jomtien Soi 5 is consistently telling retirees returning to the same address that they DO NOT have to file a report; just there next 90 day address report (due 90 days from date of return to Thailand). We received a single report on July 10, 2018, that some renewing their retirement extensions were questioned (the person reporting) and fined (observed by the person reporting) because there had never been a entered into their database for their owned condo. This may be the actions of a single IMMIGRATION Officer and not checked/enforced by others, but if you have never had a filed for your current address, you should be aware of the possibility of it being checked. However, we have also received recent reports that if you entered Thailand as Visa Exempt (30.)
4 Day permission to stay) or on a Tourist Visa (60 day permission to stay) AND you go to IMMIGRATION for a 30 day extension of your stay, expect to be required to clear the Desk 10. ( reporting) before the desk that processes 30 day extensions will accept your application. Click here to read the detailed report. Pattaya radio Fabulous FM 103 has prepared a video and text based on information they received from Chonburi IMMIGRATION regarding the filing of Form to report an alien (foreigner) residing in your residence and/or property. To view the text with link to the video, visit: To view just the video: If you regularly rent out property that you own, you can go to IMMIGRATION to get signed up for using online reporting. To download a copy, visit: (source thai IMMIGRATION Website). REQUIREMENTS AT PATTAYA IMMIGRATION FOR NON-IMMIGRANT O VISA APPLICATIONS. FOR USE IN EXTENDING YOUR STAY BASED ON RETIREMENT [Please Note: the following does not apply to those doing their annual renewal of their permission to stay or for those applying for a one year extension if they entered Thailand using a Non-Immigrant O Visa].
5 Using an Income Letter from your Embassy to show monthly income We have received reports (1/17) from Expats applying for a Non-Immigrant O Visa as part of the two step process to get a long stay retirement extension having arrived in Thailand on Visa Exempt or Tourist Visa status. If using an Embassy letter certifying income to meet the financial requirements, IMMIGRATION wants the Embassy Letter to have been verified by the Department of Consular Affairs (located in Bangkok in the Chaeng Wattana Government Complex 3rd Floor). The Legalization section will place a stamp on the document, the cost is 400 baht (regular) or 800 baht (express same day). NOTE: This Latest Update: July 12, 2018 Page |3. stamp IS NOT being required as of August 2016 if using the income letter when renewing your annual extension OR when applying for first time and you entered Thailand with a Non-Immigrant Visa. Click here for a map showing location of Department of Consular Affairs office in the Government complex at Chang Wattana.
6 The legal Department is on the 3rd floor. Hand drawn map now being required The IMMIGRATION Officers at Desk 9 are requiring a hand drawn map from the IMMIGRATION Office to your residence the latest report that this is required was received in January 2017. IF YOU USE BAHT IN thai BANK TO QUALIFY FOR RETIREMENT EXTENSION RENEWAL . READ THIS [Updated March 22, 2018]. We have received reports from members who keeps the 800,000 baht on deposit in a separate thai bank account for the purpose of meeting Retirement extension requirements have been told by Chonburi (Pattaya) IMMIGRATION that: It must show some recent activity to be acceptable. If this applies to you, we suggest that at the time you get your Bank letter, you deposit/withdraw some funds to the account . BUT be sure not to let the account balance drop below the 800,000. Two reports in March with latest being March 22, 2018, is that this was required by the IMMIGRATION Officer even though they had a transaction a few weeks (first report) and a few days (second report).
7 Before they made application and they had to go to their bank, make a transaction, update their passbook, and obtain a new Bank letter. The bank letter must not be more than 3 days old. A report on March 9, 2017 is that IMMIGRATION now requires the bank letter be no more than 3 days old. But note that there have been recent reports that the IMMIGRATION Officer insisted it be the same date as the application (see notice on page 2). We have always recommended that the bank letter be obtained the preceding business day before making the application. Foreign currency account. A report on, April 23, 2017, is that a Foreign currency account at a thai bank is acceptable so long as there are no restrictions on withdrawal of funds. ALERT FOR EXPATS RENTING TO/FROM ANOTHER EXPAT -- It appears that Chonburi (Pattaya). IMMIGRATION Office may not approve applications for retirement extensions if you are renting a property from another retired expat unless they have a Work Permit for leasing their property.
8 This also seems to be sporadic (latest report was in February 2017). Another report is that there is no problem if the owning Expat uses a regular management agent to do the rental and rental documents to be used for the extension come from the management agent. PROOF OF RESIDENCE. Documentation required can vary depending on the IMMIGRATION Officer processing the paperwork, these are the latest reports KEEP US INFORMED -- If you experience something different or wish to confirm your experience, please let us know at: or Latest Update: July 12, 2018 Page |4. Chonburi (Pattaya) IMMIGRATION has implemented requirements for documenting proof of residence. The following is from an information sheet they are presently providing (copy provided to us on March 28, 2018.)